NBA Insider reveals that LeBron James tried to recruit another NBA superstar before lobbying with the Lakers FO for Anthony Davis.
The LA Lakers had not enjoyed success in the NBA since the days of the great Kobe Bryant. But that all changed as soon as LeBron James signed up to be the face of the franchise. Well, sort of.
The King may be the greatest player of all time, but even he needs a superstar to back him up to win it all. As NBA fans know, that superstar was Anthony Davis, who arrived in James’ second season with the franchise.
The now four-time NBA champion will likely tell you that Davis was his first choice. However, as a source recently revealed, this was far from the case.
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LeBron James recruited Damian Lillard several times before going after Anthony Davis
LeBron James is making a name for himself when it comes to recruiting superstars to join him. It was an open secret that James was courting Anthony Davis for a while.
Even this season, it has been reported that the star has recruited Stephen Curry to join him for a title challenge this season. But what seemed to have flown under the radar so far was James’ pursuit of a different superstar.
This happened even before Anthony Davis before AD recruited. Bleacher Report editor Jake Fischer had this to say about it.
“In all respects, the centerpiece of the Blazers is perhaps the most loyal of NBA stars, hailed in the league as a rare breed of culture maker…”
“He has long rejected attempts to recruit his rivals – and there have been a lot. In this league, LeBron James signing Lillard to three consecutive All-Star teams is no coincidence.
LeBron James has made the NBA Finals 8 years in a row in the modern era, a statistic that is so underappreciated …
– Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) April 11, 2021
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LeBron James is clearly a huge fan of Damian Lillard, and rightly so. The 30-year-old is not far behind Stephen Curry when it comes to long-range shooting. And he is perhaps even the most poignant player in the NBA right now.
For Damian Lillard, however, to reject such advances so actively is a testament to the player’s undying loyalty to the Blazers. Maybe 10 years from now we’ll look back and say Lillard was the last of a dying breed of NBA players.